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Division of responsibilities between ministers and ministerial deputies

At its first plenary session, the Government decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister. Ministers are of equal status within the ministry.

Each minister is responsible for international and EU matters falling within the ministry’s mandate and matters related to appointments and personnel administration. Each minister also directs financial planning as well as prepares budgets and other matters within their field of activity.

The Prime Minister coordinates the preparation and consideration of matters to be considered, under the Constitution, by the Government.

The Government appoints the ministers who will stand in for the prime minister and other ministers when the latter are unable to act. When the minister deputising for the Prime Minister is prevented from attending to his/her responsibilities, the most senior minister will stand in. Other ministers have usually four or five deputies.

Division of responsibilities and ministerial deputies in the Rinne Government

The Government plenary session decides on the division of responsibilities between ministers, for ministries with more than one minister, ministerial deputies and ministers’ holidays.

Ministers deputising for Prime Minister Sipilä (in Finnish)
Other ministerial deputies (in Finnish)

Prime Minister’s Office

Minister for European Affairs Tuppurainen is responsible for matters covered by the Government EU Affairs Department which are not covered by the Prime Minister.

Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Paatero is responsible for State ownership steering.

Of the matters covered by the Government EU Affairs Department, Prime Minister Rinne is responsible for matters related to the European Council, amendments to the Treaties of the European Union and appointments related to the European Union. The Prime Minister is also responsible for other matters that covered by the Prime Minister’s Office, apart from matters that the responsibility of the Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering and the Minister for European Affairs.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Skinnari is responsible for matters related to development cooperation and foreign trade. 

Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Blomqvist is responsible for Nordic cooperation matters.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto is responsible for other matters covered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Justice

Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Blomqvist is responsible for equality and non-discrimination matters.

Minister of Justice Henriksson is responsible for matters covered by the Ministry of Justice, including matters concerning the Åland Islands. 

Ministry of Finance

Minister of Local Government and Ownership Steering Paatero is responsible for matters related to local government and regional administration, employer, personnel and governance policy, public sector ICT, the government financial controller's function and statistics.

Minister of Finance Lintilä is responsible for other matters covered by the Ministry of Finance.

Ministry of Education and Culture

Minister of Science and Culture Saarikko is responsible for matters related to the Department of Culture and Art Policy and the Department of Youth and Sport Policy, including student financial aid. The Minister of Science and Culture is also responsible for science and higher education policy matters and religious affairs. 

Minister of Education Andersson is responsible for other matters covered by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Minister of Employment Harakka is responsible for matters concerning the Employment and Well-Functioning Markets Department and for matters concerning employment services at the Regions and Growth Services Department. The Minister of Employment is also responsible for matters concerning work-based immigration and integration and general administration matters of the ministry.

Minister of Economic Affairs Kulmuni is responsible for other matters covered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Blomqvist is responsible for equality matters.

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Saarikko is responsible for matters related to the Department for Steering of Healthcare and Social Welfare and the Department for Wellbeing and Services, apart from matters related to preparedness coordination, distribution of gambling revenue and pharmaceutical services; however, the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services is responsible for matters related to the National Pharmaceutical Development Centre. Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services is also responsible for matters concerning occupational healthcare, farm relief services, services for disabled war veterans, rehabilitation for war veterans, and the Advisory Board on Veterans' Affairs in Finland. 

Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pekonen is responsible for other matters covered by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.